on December 23, 2013 - 8:45 PM
July 20, 1933 – Dec. 20, 2013
William A. Hack, a retired Depew teacher and coach, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.
Mr. Hack was born in Rhinelander, Wis., and served in the Army as a company clerk typist, remaining in the Army Reserve several years afterward.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and master’s at Brockport State College.
Mr. Hack moved to Lancaster to work as a program director at the Lancaster Boys Club in 1964.
He began working in the Depew Union Free School District as a physical education teacher in 1966, remaining there until his retirement in 1995.
A longtime Holland resident, he also coached basketball and tennis at Depew High School.
Mr. Hack worked for a year and summers in his late teenage years as a fireman on the Soo Line Railroad and the Chicago and North Western Railroad, fueling his lifelong love of trains.
He also enjoyed sports and making homemade pizza on Saturday nights for his family.
Mr. Hack was a member of Frank H. Brink Post, American Legion, in Holland, where he served as adjutant for many years.
He was also active in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holland.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Nancy Kramer; a daughter, Julie LoVullo; two sons, Geoffrey and David; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph’s Church, 46 N. Main St., Holland.